Phoebe DeThomas has lived life as spectator, confined to a wheelchair, in awe of her beloved Aunt Sadie, and overshadowed by her financial wizard brother, James. But when Sadie dies, leaving Phoebe a flower farm, the world opens up to her in ways she could never have imagined. Taking in three roommates to help get the farm running, she finds herself, for the first time in her life, part of a close circle of women friends. Each displaced from her home, these four women form an invaluable bond as they learn how friendship and purpose can transform even the most compromised of women.
USA Today A valentine to oceans of good women who survive bad beginnings and worse men.
Los Angeles Times Mapson [shows us] the world as we hope it is -- a world in which flawed people can be basically healthy, and even pain has a richness to it.
Anchorage Daily News "Hard is the heart that loveth naught in May" is a Chaucer quote in the journal kept by Phoebe's aunt. Same goes for the reader unmoved by Mapson's latest tale of redemption and pluck.
The Albany (New York) Times Union All too often in the nonfiction world, people find themselves isolated from friends in their youth. But in Bad Girl Creek, the characters create the world they want to live in -- a wonderful place to curl up in and read on.